Speaking of which, Tamiya will release 1/48 F-14 near future. I’m holding two 1/144’s and one 1/72 boxes. I would like to build them and having experience for Tamiya kit. Anyway, it’s my first time F-14.
There are many parts for 1/144. There are 3 kinds of missile, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Phoenix.
Parts fitting is perfect.
When the decals were stuck in the cockpit, it looks very detailed for 1/144 scale.
It is interesting as the main wing is movable, I can play with it. As for the variable-sweep wings, closed position looks better, it’s only my impression.
I’m building the 1/144 F-14A and lost the important part. I never found it even I looked for it for two hours. I found 1 yen coin, 10 yen coin, a guitar pick, fishing weights and lure seal. It seems to have made the warp to the different dimensional space without being found. Really strange. I have to consider the work desk condition in earnest.
I put a trash box recently right under a work desk. Because it is comfortable to put away the dust and debris. Probably I dropped it in a trash box. I have found some parts distantly far away bedroom. The parts were caught on socks and fall over there.
I reproduced the AN/ALR-23 infrared rays search tracker (IRST) parts from the stock of normal 1/144 F-14A. I used the material of softening in the hot water to take mold, and the polyester putty for casting. A mold is not so sharp, but the best way at the moment. Because a motivation is lost as for the loss of parts, I’ll be careful in future.
Preparation of painting, masking the small canopy.
There are three kinds of selectable markings. Because I want to make a black F-14 same as the package, I choose a rabbit mark.
It is a small box, but the manual is very big size, and there is much number of sheets, too. It’s quite detailed illustrations for 1/144 scale airplane kit.
I painted the parts in parallel that are attached later such as landing gear. Though it’s big size, the scratching post of the cat which I bought the other day is very useful for drying these small parts. I’d like to keep a cat, but we have a rabbit and…. I’ don’t want his stressful life with a cat.
The masking tape for curves released from Tamiya, it is useful for a small plastic model, too.
I thought about the adhesion of decals and painted in gross black. I’d like the semi-gross finally.
Decals are small, there is a part not to understand even checked a manual. I put it while seeing a box painting.
Marking of the narrow band of missiles was handled with decals.
Oh! It doesn’t seem 1/144 scale, nice sense of precision, pretty good feeling!
F-14A Tomcat is an ultra-famous carrier-based fighter of the United States Navy. I wonder it was about my high school age, I watched the movie “Top Gun”. I would like it again.
This is “Vandy One”, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-4, NAS Pt Mugu, California, USA, 1991.
VX-4 is famous for drawing a symbol of a magazine “Playboy”.
This squadron examined the air-to-air missile mainly. The fourth squadron is disestablished and merged it with other units and now VX-9. Now all F-14 themselves retired.
There are many divided parts for 1/144 scale, as the vertical tail, air intake and the engine nozzle. I think this is a precise model.
Weapons are AIM-9 Sidewinder x 2, AIM-54 Phoenix x 2, AIM-7 Sparrow x 2, drop tank x 2. This would be sufficient.
There is a mold in the inside of the landing gear compartment, and the appearance is good.
It’s interesting, but a little hard to build if colored black injection plastic.
Variable wing is movable, this is enjoyable. Because I paint it with lacquer paint, the coating is firm, but prevents from moving it if possible. Maybe it’s no damage even I moved the main wing 100 times.
This angle looks coolest.
It was good to be completed, though I thought to stop it when I lost the important part while my building.
The canopy was one shot clear part. It is hard to see it, but the meter panel is reproduced in decal.
First, what if the inking in Silver to try? Thinking am I a genius? The silver particles became the lump, and it failed, useless.
After all, I did the inking in light gray. I think moderate inking is effective to 1/144 scale airplane.
I think newer Revell 1/144 F-14A is a very good kit. You had better check and choose the best in the released many 1/144’s from other companies. There seem to be many kits having a hard time to fix details.